Types of Delivery

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Childbirth is one of the most monumental experiences in life. The experience of harmonising with Mother Nature is the final culmination of bringing a foetus into the world is spectacular and not often talked about. While the pain seems to be the main thing most mothers remember, the body quickly heals and the joys of bonding with junior become paramount for decades after.

Some options when it comes to deciding on the type of delivery :
1. Vaginal Birth
2, Natural Birth
3. Caesarian (C-Section)

Vaginal Birth

Involves the natural process where the body decides when the foetus is ready to exit the womb normally takes anywhere from 37-42 weeks. For mothers planning to have multiple children, benefits of the foetus coming out through the vaginal include quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, and lesser infections for the mother.

The fetus also secretes hormones for the development of its brain and lungs during labour pains and the process of passaging through the birth canal squeezes baby’s chest to clear all amniotic fluid and expand its lungs effectively.

Medical sciences have developed so rapidly that multiple pain-killers are available for the mother who is concerned about the threshold of her pain. Trust your mid-wives and synecologist through the delivery. Should junior be stuck in the birth canal, a vacuum(soft/rigid cup with a handle and vacuum pump) or forceps(forceps/instrument shaped like a pair of large spoons or salad tongs may be used to help guide baby’s head out through the vaginal.

Natural Birth

A term used to describe vaginal birth with completely no medication or painkillers. Preparations for this include antenatal or hypnobirthing classes where the mother is taught physical exercises, breathing and imaginary techniques to help alleviate labour pains and bring about a less stressful birthing experience. Benefits include:

  • Shorter labour. Without the interference of epidurals and other pain relief methods, women can now work with the natural rhythm of their bodies.
  • Faster recovery time. That no numbing drugs or needles where used means a quicker recovery time with the increased endorphins (calming and pain-relieving hormones) released.
  • Increased connection with the experience. Instead of listening to the mid-wive/gynaecologist’s instructions to ‘push’, the mother is actually in charge and gets to dictate the entire birthing process as her body cues her on when to push. The magical experience of harmonising with nature in child birthing is something only a woman can experience.
  • Increased empowerment. Women who go through the entire child-birthing experience with no medication tend to experience feelings of confidence and inner strength as this monumental experience marks a significant milestone as their mindsets shifts to another level and they know themselves to achieve something they didn’t possibly think before.
  • A natural post-birth practice would include skin-to-skin contact immediately after junior is delivered. This allows for a strong bond of security between mother and newborn, triggering hormones to produce milk too.

While natural and vaginal births maybe recommend for a new mother, a caesarean is an option either by a mother’s personal choice or complications.

Caesarean (C-Section)

Cesarean Delivery

Caesarean delivery, also known as caesarean section or C-section, refers to the use of surgery to deliver babies.  Caesarean – the word possibly has its origins from Roman law under Caesar who decreed that all women fated by childbirth be cut open. Another possibility is the Latin organ of this verb “caedare” means “to cut”. A process where a surgical incision is made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus to bring the foetus into the world.

Caesarean delivery is often necessary when a vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk such as:

  • Foetus’s size – if the foetus is too big, there may be unnecessary complications allowing the route through the birth canal.
  • Foetus’s positions – Breech is when the foetus’s bottom is facing the vaginal (instead of the head), or transverse (where the foetus is in a horizontal position. While the doctor may allow some walking time or physically turn the baby, always remember that the safety of both foetus and mother is of utmost priority in delivery.
  • Placenta Previa – a condition where the low placenta is covering the cervix. Physically not possible for a vaginal exit.
  • Fibroid – creates a blockage for a vaginal birth or any other large obstruction.
  • Emergency – there can be a myriad of reasons why there is an emergency. Extremities in the foetus’s heart-rate(too fast) or breathing(too slow) reflects stress that the foetus is going through. Waterbag has burst and the vaginal is still not dilated. Always remember that safe delivery is more critical than insisting on a particular type of delivery. Trust the experienced midwives and gynaecologist’s advice. Experience does make a huge difference during emergencies.

Finally, there is an increasing number of mothers who opt for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). A success rate of more than 80% means that mothers who had prior caesarean can now have another experience should they decide on natural birth.

No matter your decision on your delivery type, enjoy the process. Always remember that pain is short-lived. In this easily gratified society, we are taught to shun/avoid pain. Yet, pain is most natural. It is the resistance to experiencing the pain that causes the most suffering. Embrace the child-birthing process in its entirety. Allow nature to work intuitively through and with you in the birthing of your precious one. After all, how often do you get to partner with nature in a monumental accomplishment like this?

About Author
Junia Tan
General Manager of SG Baby Club
Mother of 5 amazing kids (14yrs, 10yrs, 8yrs, 6yrs & 3yrs)
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